• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 11.6oz
    Women: 9.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 9mm
    Women: 9mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Aug 2017
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • According to some testers, the La Sportiva Akyra is one of the most protective trail running shoes they have ever worn.
  • A lot of runners agreed that they stayed comfortable even after long sessions of running.
  • Most of the testers mentioned that the shoe performed well on technical terrains.
  • Some runners commented that the shoe fitted well from the midpoint to the heel.
  • Many testers confirmed that the shoe provided excellent support on mud-covered trails, soft snow, and wet rocks.
  • According to many users, the La Sportiva Akyra is able to offer more protection compared to other running shoes.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few testers said that the shoe rubbed the back of the foot and that such an occurrence made it difficult for them to continue running uphill.
  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe is a little bit heavy.
  • A lot of users observed that the lugs on the outsole held and collected mud very easily. This added more weight to the shoe.
  • This shoe is not responsive to running on technical downhills, according to some runners.

Bottom line

A lot of users agreed that the La Sportiva Akyra is a rugged, yet very protective and comfortable footwear. It performed well on different tough running environments. Some runners said that the durable lug outsole of this shoe led them responsibly through the unpredictable terrains. They mentioned that this shoe was best used for hiking, walking and running, but was not responsive on technical downhills.


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Updates to La Sportiva Akyra

  • The La Sportiva Akyra is a rugged trail running shoe that dominates the trails. It features a 3-layer construction system that secures fitting and breathability.
  • It has deep Trail Bite lugs with Impact Brake System that is best for snowy and off trail conditions. This system prevents sliding and slipping.
  • It also features a MicroLite Skeleton overlay that aims to provide runners with lateral movement stability.

La Sportiva Akyra size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the La Sportiva Akyra has a standard running shoe length. This shoe is best for runners who love rugged trail running. Available widths are D-medium for men and B-Medium for women.


The La Sportiva Akyra has a FriXion Red rubber outsole that is designed for comfort and durability. It utilizes a versatile sticky rubber compound that is best for rocky and technical terrains.

The Trail Rocker outsole of this shoe promotes natural outer heel to inner toe support for smoother rides on the trails.

Because of the Impact Brake System of the La Sportiva Akyra, runners can confidently handle different trail surfaces. The aggressive lug and Trail Bite heel provides maximum grip as well as better downhill and uphill traction.


The Injection Shock Absorbing MEMlex EVA of the La Sportiva Akyra is stiff and firm. It protects the runner’s foot even after long days of wearing the shoe on varied landscapes. Despite the stiff midsole, it still feels very cushioned.


The La Sportiva Akyra has a thick gusseted tongue. It provides a nice touch for comfort and fitting. The heel collar provides a great hold. It is well-padded and protected. It is important in stopping debris from entering into the shoe.

The shoe has an innovative 3-layer upper that is composed of breathable Air Mesh. This keeps the foot well-ventilated and cool.

It has a TPU MicroLite Skeleton overlay that creates a stable, durable, secure-fitting and comfortable upper. The overlays resemble an Origami design. It holds the forefoot and the mid-foot in place under any circumstances.

The toe bumper is burly and long-lasting. It’s created to withstand most debris and obstacles on the trails.

The lacing system is made stretchable to accommodate a more snug and secure fit. It interacts properly with the shoe’s loop eyelets.

The toe box is roomy. This gives the runner’s toes ample space to relax and spread out.